You’ve looked at this design in my last post, when we explored using www.sumopaint.com to make variations. This time, we’re exploring Kaleidoscope Kreator 3, my go to variations creator.
Kaleidoscope Kreator 3.
Using KK3 with the design above created this:
The basic KK3 (from http://kaleidoscopecollections.com) is the most versatile yet simple to use graphics kit I’ve used.
You can create patterns or kaleidoscopes with it. Patterns will give you columns of your design in miniature, while kaleidoscopes will give you patterns like those above – depending on which template you use.
In the basic pack, there are the following templates:
Celtic Cross, Circle, Flower, Lace, Lotus, Northern Star, Pinwheel, Quilter’s Star, Scallop, Square, Star and Sun Rays.
You can also buy add-on packs with extra templates and projects.
Note: Save Designs as Transparent PNG.
Save as transparent PNG files or you won’t be able to add borders in PhotoShop. Not everyone likes coloring patterns without borders.
How to Make Different Designs.
Open the design you want to use.
There’ll be a dark shape in the KK3 window. Manouvre your design while pressing the left mouse button. A hand shaped cursor will appear so it looks like you’re moving it with your hand.
You’ll see the design change in the top-right window each time you move the cursor.
Set Transparent Background (transparent PNG) by ticking the box under the window.
As you get better at designing patterns, you’ll develop an “eye” for a good pattern.
Try to aim for symmetrical patterns.
When you save, go to File, Save Kaleidoscope. The program will ask what dpi and dimensions you want. If you’re going to publish it, the dpi needs to be 300. All good stuff, eh!
Note: If you run it through PhotoShop to add a border, the dpi will go back to 96 (or whatever). You’ll have to run it through Gimp or something similar. I use Change DPI from Convert.Town Tools. It’s paid for but I can change the dpi on unlimited designs. The free version has a limit of something like 5/month.
Many people prefer to color patterns with larger spaces. Not everyone likes intricate designs.
Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 is great for this. All you need do is change the scale under the image screen.
Taking it to 300-400 is the best because the lines are still clear. More than 400 and they go fuzzy.
This link will take you to a video I made about changing scale in KK3.
Please leave a comment if this blog post has helped.